Sunday, June 29, 2008

Ivor Reid

Ivor Reid, originally uploaded by ccgd.

Ivor Reid - here cycling in Clachnacudin Cycling Club colours - a world champ medal winner at veteran level the Scotland Track Cycling Games Manager at the last Commonwealth Games.

Monday, June 23, 2008


Magnus, originally uploaded by ccgd.

We were down at the Edinburgh Grand Prix at the weekend, at the Meadowbank Velodrome.

Magnus was racing - obviously - and did OK, got a couple of good places, and won an 8K points race.

Which was nice.

But what the weekne d highlighted to me was the huge step change that he, and his pals in the Scotland under 19 team, has to go through in performance and competition. From dominating youth races all of a sudden he and his team mates are racing against Scotland's and Europe's "A" riders, including ex world champs, Commie games riders, and international grade sprinters from Spain and the Netherlands.

And they did OK, that's the remarkable bit.

Friday, June 20, 2008

The garden lobby - parliament

The garden lobby - parliament, originally uploaded by ccgd.

Having a cup of coffee in Holyroods Garden Lobby.

I was in giving evidence a few weeks ago to the Culture Committee on the Creative Scotland Bill (which seems to have been if not killed om Wednesday, at least dealt a serious blow - see here -) and took the chance to catch with some old pals who work in the Parliament, and watch the world go by.....

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Hms Caroline - Belfast

Hms Caroline - Belfast, originally uploaded by ccgd.

The last survivor of the Battle of Jutland. The Light Cruiser "HMS Caroline" in Belfast Harbour. Built in 1913, she is still a commissioned vessel in the Royal Navy.

I had no idea that there were any WW1 ships left in the UK. I was at a meeting in the Innovation Centre built next to this dock, saw it when the cab dropped me off and luckily had my camera with me. At first I thought she was a V&W Class destroyer (1920's) but then realised she was bigger and older.

This photo has just been used in the "Britain at War" Magazine on an article on the Battle of Jutland.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

black gold

black gold, originally uploaded by ccgd.

One from the archives....

October 2005

Saturday, June 14, 2008

sometimes you just have to look up

sometimes you just have to look up, originally uploaded by ccgd.

Harbour waterfront, Boston MA

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Croft and creels

Croft and creels, originally uploaded by ccgd.

Scullomie, north Sutherland.

I was trying to capture the monotone's and the scale of the North of the Highlands, as exemplified by Glyn Satterly in his seminal 1983 photography book - Life in Caithness and Sutherland.

Not bad, but could do a lot better.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Rig and Nigg

Rig and Nigg, originally uploaded by ccgd.

The Stena Spey adds scale to the Nigg Yard.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Pete and his Chopper

Pete and his Chopper, originally uploaded by ccgd.

My pal and neighbor Pete Clunas in front of his Air Ambulance at Inverness's Dalcross airport.

Monday, June 09, 2008

Night departure

Night departure, originally uploaded by ccgd.

The 22,000 tonne Marco Polo leaves the Cromarty Firth at around 10:30 on a glorious summer evening.

I don't think VW will be paying me for this one.

Found this one on the hard drive, from my work trip to Iceland last September. I was early in meeting some colleagues in West Iceland, so parked by the sea and took some snaps. This is OK in a car advert sort of way, but the composition is subtly wrong for my eye.

And don't those mountains look like volcanoes!

Sunday, June 08, 2008

Hey I made Wired mag

Hey I made wired mag, originally uploaded by ccgd.

This photo was chosen by Wired Mag as one of ten to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the drive in Movie!

I've been a devotee of Wired since the mid 90's, so I'm a bit chuffed.

Saturday, June 07, 2008

Ronald at the controls

Ronald at the controls, originally uploaded by ccgd.

This is one of a series of portraits of Cromarty people I worked on, and which were published last summer in the Book "Cromarty Living by the Sea " which explored the the town and it's relationship to the sea.

Here is Ronald, one the Cromarty Rose's two skippers. He is also the Harbour Master, a local fireman and a community first responder. Oh and he's on the Community council.

A busy guy, but also one of the nicest men you are every likely to meet.

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

And the fisherman home from the sea

And the fisherman home from the sea, originally uploaded by ccgd.

Tuesday, June 03, 2008


UFO's.........., originally uploaded by ccgd.

Lights in the Kitchen

Think lights - think IKEA

Monday, June 02, 2008

Dawn rig in B&W

Dawn rig in B&W, originally uploaded by ccgd.

Its fun having a rig to photograph again...